Best Art Museums in Amsterdam

Emilee Geist

Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, might be well known for its cobblestone streets and waterways. But the city is also home to some of the much-treasured pieces of art on the globe, including the fairest works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Mark Rothco, and more. While the Golden Age’s art, masterful designs, […]

Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, might be well known for its cobblestone streets and waterways. But the city is also home to some of the much-treasured pieces of art on the globe, including the fairest works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Mark Rothco, and more.

While the Golden Age’s art, masterful designs, and the Van Gogh self-portraits tend to awe visitors, there’s new local competition; the Moco Museum with its massive Bansky Amsterdam street art collection. It is purely eclectic. However, the old guards, including the Rijksmuseum, the Ann Frank Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, among others, remain as tantalizing as ever.

The Rijksmuseum may be considered the largest museum in Amsterdam. It boasts of visits by more than two million tourists every year, making it the most famous for lovers of art and culture. After nearly a decade long $441-million revamp, it was reborn in 2013. Several galleries showed the Golden Age paintings and more than 8000 masterpieces from the best artists likeJohaness Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. The museum’s well gaped chronological trot from Middle Ages to Mondrian features some of the top model ships, Asian art figures, and rich costumes. Its collection is so vast that it’s occasionally compared to New York City’s Met museum.

Any visit to Amsterdam is incomplete without viewing the masterful paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, a Post Impressionist Dutch artist. There’s no better place to see these works other than at the Van Gogh Museum, home to the most comprehensive collection of creations by Van Gogh. The museum houses more than 200 paintings, 700 letters, and 400 drawings by the artist himself, including the postcard-perfect Sunflower series, The Potato Eaters, and the Wheatfield With Crows.

This thoroughly detailed inclusion of all works by Van Gogh makes it the best place to pay reverence to the Dutch great who influenced how we look at sunflowers and starry nights.

Perhaps the most recent newcomer in the artwork exhibition, the Moco Museum, a darling to pop art, offers worthwhile contemporary swagger to rival the neighboring well-established old guards like the Rijksmuseum.

Opened in 2016 by two famous local gallerists Lionel and Kim Logchies, this private museum is not yet on the major tourist trails. It houses the permanent Bansky Amsterdam collection showing whooping 50 works comprising rare indoor illustrations and drawings. Additionally, the works of art encompass transplanted street murals such as the admired Girl With Balloon by the rock celebrity British graffiti artist, which is a sight to behold. Also, there are temporary displays of pop art greats that are worthwhile to check out.

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